"Holly Stickley of The White Pear designed a dry creek bed for our home to address an ongoing issue of hillside springs eroding the soil. Adding to the difficult slope were our 10 adult blueberry bushes, which were bearing at the time of the project. Holly did a wonderful job of artfully curving the path thru the mature plantings in a manner that looked very natural and appeared to be a natural creek. Below the decorative rocks is a lengthy French drain with multiple dry wells. The final dry well has a smaller outflow that continues the French drain technique to the street. The final section was on the property line, and Holly worked with the other homeowners to gain their satisfaction in the proposed final section. The completed project looks wonderful. People stop and take a look, and some take pictures. We are delighted with Holly’s work. The White Pear crew she used was excellent, and very hardworking. All the rock had to be brought up in 5 gallon buckets, because of the slope of our property. Holly gets a big thank you for the excellent work, and a hearty recommendation." ~ Bruce & Maureen
"We love working with Holly! In the design of our garden she was able to take our dreams, must-haves, and plant preferences and conceptualize them into a cohesive design that is gorgeous. The installation crew was very professional and Holly was either on site or in close communication to make sure all went as planned. Five years later we are still working with Holly on a regular basis—fine tuning the design and caring for our garden. Every spring, she designs, sources, and plants our pots. In the fall, she designs and plants hundreds of bulbs for a stunning spring display. She attends to the pruning and fertilization needs as well as the more routine maintenance required to keep a garden looking its absolute best. Her warm personality makes her easy and enjoyable to work with!" ~ Jennifer D
“I first found Holly on the Houzz website after looking for someone who could bring beauty and aesthetics to the sorely-neglected back yard of our 1910 Craftsman home. I was impressed and inspired by pictures of other jobs she has completed and was hopeful she could perform the same magic for us.
From the moment we first met Holly, she was warm and engaging, listening carefully to what our ideas were and very intuitively crafting a plan to suit our preferences, our lifestyle, and our home. Her designs included both landscape and hardscape materials and she included plants of our request, as well as new plants we had not considered.
We are beyond happy with the results and hope to spend a lot more time outside, especially with family and friends. In addition to Holly's natural eye for beauty she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She is extremely detail-oriented, thorough and efficient with a get-it-done mentality.
My texts, emails and phone calls are always promptly returned and I am confident she will follow through on things we've talked about. I already have a growing list of future projects as well as finishing touches to be added to our back yard and look forward to the pleasure of an ongoing relationship with Holly and The White Pear.” ~ Robyn W.
“We moved into a three year old house last spring. The landscape wasn't what we wanted and it didn't have much cohesiveness so we looked on line and saw some work that Holly had done. We hired her to give us a design that we'd construct ourselves. Holly communicated with us frequently through email and sent us links to ideas of plants and hardscape she wanted our feedback on. She provided some unique ideas such as pleached trees that provide a visual barrier but aren't too deep. We gave her some tough criteria with making room for a green house, raised garden beds, a fire pit, and extended patio with built-in barbecue. She seemed to hit it all. We've just started moving some of the shrubs and trees in the yard per the design she provided and the initial impression is very positive. Along the back we wanted some height for screening, and she recommended transplanting an evergreen magnolia which we had in the front yard. After we moved it to the back, it was a nice improvement. We look forward to installing the rest of the landscaping over the next several months.” ~ Stuart M.
“I totally loved working with Holly! She's very thorough and professional but also was very accommodating to my needs. She's really easy to work with, and we found a flow that worked great. I am so happy with my yard! Every day it puts a smile on my face. I would for sure recommend.” ~ Ashley M.
“Holly planned a design for our entire backyard and installed a stone patio and surrounding shade garden. The results are beautiful. We are novice gardeners, and Holly was able to select easy-care plants that are still stunning. Holly and her crew were a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to completing the rest of the design.” ~ Jennifer J.
“After years of trying to landscape our yard ourselves, we finally sought the help of a professional, and found that in Holly. She was fun, responsive, had a lot of great ideas, and turned our yard into a garden. We love it and we can't wait to watch it grow in the coming years. Do yourself a favor, and call her! You won't be disappointed!” ~ Celeste L.
"I have lived in my house for 15 years. Last year, I hired Holly Stickley of The White Pear to design my backyard. I had never worked with a designer before, so I had a lot of questions. Holly answered all of them as she walked me through the process. In addition to utilizing plants and materials that I already had, she introduced me to exciting new plants. I love the serene Northwest/Asian atmosphere the The White Pear created." ~ Peg R.
"Holly, thanks so much for having our backs and keeping things under control in our lovely garden!" ~ C. T.
"Holly is a delight to work with! She does both design and maintenance for our half-acre property - which is no picnic, because it's all steep hillside terraces - with good humor and great style. She's fun, thoughtful, and super knowledgable. Can't recommend her highly enough. ~ Carrie Tilton-Jones
"Holly is extremely easy to work with. She listens to your input and is not afraid to tap into her extensive knowledge of plant material to make excellent suggestions. For us, Holly was able to create a sophisticated but relaxed backyard environment. Best of all, Holly makes the whole experience fun." ~ Max & Ron
"Our backyard was a mess, and it has been renewed! We had mismatched concrete walls and steps and an old paver patio – all of which were very unattractive and not very usable. We now have a gorgeous new deck, beautiful new plants and trees – it’s a whole new back yard! And, all done very professionally. Even though Holly conferred with us every step of the way during the process, we really felt that we could trust her judgment and suggestions – and we were right. Everything she suggested was perfect. I highly recommend Holly Stickley of The White Pear. We can’t wait to start on the front yard!" ~ Gary & Laurie
• “We approached designer, Holly Stickley of The White Pear for a quick front yard makeover before putting our house on the market. We love the plants selected and the placement of the slate stones throughout. She was able to meet our quick turnaround needs and deliver beautiful results. We just wish we had this done this several years ago so we could have enjoyed a beautiful front garden!” ~ Melissa & Isaac
• "Holly, the front and deck look so nice! Thank you so much for your excellent work and the great care you provide me and this house!" ~ Mark R.
• "Holly did a phenomenal job transforming our patio pots from the mundane to the extraordinary! She created a combination of plants for each pot that took into consideration the size, shape and color of the pot. She is great at mixing and matching various plant colors, textures and leaf shapes to create a "wow" factor. Holly is such a joy to work with and makes the whole process fun." ~ The Northwest Guys
• "Holly, I want to take this moment to let you know how grateful I am for your talents... I went from room to room on this bright and brisk December morning to look out the window at my backyard gardens. From every window I saw nature's beauty and the results of your artistic eye with your minute detail for color and texture selection, plant placement, bent for tidiness, and plant variety. No one can take this talent from you nor measure up to your unique love for bringing to the forefront outdoor loveliness. What a gift - thank you for sharing your gift with our family. Thank you, again, my sister and best friend" ~ Lani